On this week’s episode of Smackdown Live, they were already teasing a heel turn for Charlotte Flair. Flair was definitely acting heelish during a backstage segment when she blamed Naomi for Becky Lynch’s loss. Lynch stepped in to calm things down and while things seem to be good right now, it certainly looks like they are teasing a future Flair vs. Naomi match, perhaps sometime after Backlash.
There may have been a reason for the heel tease. On Thursday morning’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that there was a lot of opposition in WWE on the idea of turning her babyface because of the feeling was that it was not the right time. This would not be unlike her father’s babyface-heel turns. Ric Flair probably turned over 100 times during his career.
Naomi, Flair and Lynch will take on Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina at Backlash.
As of this writing, here is the updated card for Backlash:
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Jinder Mahal
United States Championship
Kevin Owens (Champion) vs. AJ Styles
Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Usos (Champions) vs. Breezango
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
Naomi, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Carmella and Tamina
Backlash will take place at Chicago’s AllState Arena. Tickets are still available.